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    Why is Daily Kos so afraid of some speech competition from the Koch Brothers?

    Why is Daily Kos so afraid of some speech competition from the Koch Brothers?

    The Daily Kos is reacting very hysterically to the mere possibility that the Koch Brothers might buy 8 Tribune Co. newspapers, including the L.A. Times.

    Kos has teamed up with SEIU and others to try to pressure the Tribune not to sell the papers to the Koch Brothers, as noted at Hot Air, New left-wing coalition begs Tribune Company: Don’t sell the LA Times to the Koch brothers.

    The whole campaign is based on the laughable premise that the Tribune papers are unbiased:

    Millions of Americans rely on the news outlets currently operated by the Tribune Company to provide them with accurate, unbiased information about pressing issues in their communities and around the world. Ownership by two of the most influential and radical right wing ideologues in the country will skew trusted news sources to further their interests and debase our democracy.

    Any news outlet owned by such intensely partisan activists could not be trusted to provide an honest account of a wide variety of issues that are of vital importance to the public.

    Really, what is Kos so afraid of?

    Isn’t having NBC, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, PBS, Huffington Post / AOL, Yahoo, Google, The NY Times, The Washington Post, Hollywood, the music industry, almost all of Higher Ed, Silicon Valley, and almost every major media outlet on your side enough?

    Kos isn’t trying to protect journalism, it’s trying to protect a near monopoly on traditional media outlets.

    The Murdock media group and talk radio are all that stand in the way of total domination.  It’s not surprising, therefore, that we see organized efforts launched many years ago to try to take down Fox News and to deprive Rush Limbaugh and other conservative radio hosts of platforms.  It hasn’t worked, but not for lack of trying.

    The Koch Brothers might breath a little more fresh air into the liberal media echo chamber.

    It’s ironic that Daily Kos, which made an end run around traditional media and built a powerful internet and political voice, is so afraid of the Koch Brother buying failed newspaper operations.  It just goes to show you how deep the fear runs.

    I don’t hear the Koch Brothers trying to deprive Daily Kos of a platform.

    Are the intellectual foundations of your views so weak that you cannot stand even a little competition and have to deprive others of a platform?

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    Estragon | May 10, 2013 at 12:56 am

    It has little to do with the Kochs themselves, who are more libertarian than “right-wing” anyway.

    Ace put forth the theory which seems most correct: the media found out, after exposure of the secret “Journolist” email group designed to coordinate how stories were reported so people wouldn’t get all confused by facts that might lead them to believe conservatives were right, that they didn’t need to meet secretly to agree, they already agree on everything. All they have to do is refuse to cover any story that might hurt Obama or Democrats or leftist issues in any way.

    All they have to do to sell their refusal is keep the lid on those inconvenient facts. They can let Fox report anything as long as it is ONLY Fox, because then they can dismiss the reporting as, “Well, it’s Fox, right?”

    When MSM reporters actually try to report, like Atkkinson at CBS on Fast & Furious or Benghazi, they find themselves negotiating to end their contracts early.

    It’s not pretty, but Goebbels would be impressed with the message discipline when they don’t even have to arrest anyone.

    Amazing: two rich conservatives against THOUSANDS of rich leftists.

    So it’s pretty obvious that the proliferation of a lie requires thousands of times more false reporting than one report of truth.


     
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    DirkBelig | May 10, 2013 at 2:31 am

    Ace of Spades wrote about how liberals view the media yesterday in the context of their seeking to punish CBS News’ Sharyl Attkisson for daring report on Benghazi: http://ace.mu.nu/archives/339804.php

    “Why is it so important for the liberals to push out the only reporter who covered Benghazi?

    “Ghettoization.” If the “neutral media” — actually liberal as hell — can present a unified party line on stories, always supporting one another and never showing a crack in the wall, they can sneer at stories they don’t like by saying “Only Fox claims that.”

    But for those in the liberal media who consider the airwaves Their Air — a valuable property they own and can exploit as any property-owner can, for their own benefit, to their own taste — this is a problem for exactly the same reasons. Just as we claim victory when we say “Now it’s on CBS!,” so too do liberals feel failure when a true story that hurts liberals escapes from the conservative news/talk radio ghetto and shows up on Their Air.

    And so, while they can’t push Sharyl Attkisson out of the profession, they can give up a major reporter to Fox, which reduces the damage she can do.

    After all, if she reports over there, “It’s just a Fox story.” The liberal media remains pristine and unified in its Ideological Wall of Silence.

    Similarly, the media can never be embarrassed by its liberal bias and deliberate suppression of the news for political purposes if no one in the media ever breaches the wall of silence and clues the public in to what it’s hiding. Even though CBS is currently pointing at Sharyl Atkkisson as The Only Network Reporter Who Reported on Benghazi, they’re resentful about it, because her work stands as a rebuke to their own, and as a rebuke to their politicization of the news for the benefit of a political party.

    But what if she was disappeared? What if her respectability and credibility were stripped from her?

    Ah, then that would be glorious. Because there would be no troublesome reporter at CBS embarrassing the rest. She would just be a Fox Personality, and hence, neutralized.”

    […] Why is Daily Kos so afraid of some speech competition from the Koch Brothers? – Le·gal In·su…. “Isn’t having NBC, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, PBS, Huffington Post / AOL, Yahoo, Google, The NY Times, The Washington Post, Hollywood, the music industry, almost all of Higher Ed, Silicon Valley, and almost every major media outlet on your side enough?…Kos isn’t trying to protect journalism, it’s trying to protect a near monopoly on traditional media outlets.” […]


     
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    Tailwind | May 10, 2013 at 11:58 am

    I can’t imagine what Kos’ reaction will be when the Koch brothers buy the Daily Kos.


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